Novak Djokovic claims the Australian government makes no apologies despite the Serbs’ border chaos.
Following the Covid controversy, NOVAK DJOKOVIC was denied entry to Australia.
Novak Djokovic was stopped at the border ahead of the Australian Open this month, and an Australian government minister claims he makes “no apologies.”
The 34-year-old appeared to believe he had been granted an exemption allowing him to enter the country.
After failing to meet vaccine entry requirements, Djokovic’s visa was revoked by the Australian government.
The Serb’s failure to provide appropriate evidence regarding his exemption, as well as his vaccination status, was cited by border officials.
Djokovic has previously expressed opposition to being vaccinated and has refused to say whether or not he has been vaccinated.
According to France24, the 20-time Grand Slam winner is being held in an immigration detention facility in Melbourne, facing deportation.
In the first Grand Slam of the year, Djokovic is hoping to defend his Australian Open title while also attempting to distance himself from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who both have 20 titles.
When the star’s apparent exemption drew widespread criticism, Prime Minister Scott Morrison retaliated.
“Rules are rules,” he insisted, “and there are no exceptions.”
Karen Andrews, Australia’s Home Affairs Minister, agreed, saying the government would “make no apologies” for defending the border.
Craig Tiley, the chief executive of the Australian Open, claimed that 26 of the 3,000 players and staff members traveling to the tournament had applied for vaccine exemptions.
Only a few were approved, though.
Exemptions are granted by two separate panels of independent experts, with having Covid within the last six months considered a valid argument, though it is unclear whether this is the case with Djokovic.
The Serb’s lawyers are currently fighting behind the scenes to allow him to compete.
“The entire country of Serbia stands behind him, and our authorities are taking all necessary steps to ensure that the world’s best tennis player is treated fairly,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said.
“In accordance with all international public law standards, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, justice, and the truth.”